Built to cruise... and enjoy the scenery,  the Deluxe is grand on the open road.

Since its launch in 1984, the Harley-Davidson Softail line has combined the classic lines of a hard-tail frame and rigid-mounted engine with modern comfort and reliability. For 2005, Harley-Davidson have tapped a rich vein of tradition to create the Softail Deluxe.

The FLSTNI Softail Deluxe combines classic Harley-Davidson styling cues with performance and design details that will make it among the most distinctive motorcycles on the road today. "With the Softail line Harley-Davidson has always sought to combine a classic motorcycle profile with innovative mechanical design and technology that makes these models as comfortable and capable as they are beautiful," said Bill Davidson, Harley-Davidson director of marketing, motorcycle product development. "Our new Softail models uphold that philosophy, and use elements of Harley-Davidson heritage to

make a fresh stylistic statement." The 2005 Softails are powered by the 1450cc Twin Cam 88B engine, rigid-mounted in the frame so that it becomes an integral element of the motorcycle. The Twin Cam 88B engine, with Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection, is equipped with internal balance shafts that quell 90 percent of primary engine vibration. 

A key change common to all 2005 Softail models is a redesigned dipstick with an improved seal on the oil tank filler neck. This new design makes it possible to accurately check the oil level while the motorcycle is resting on its sidestand. The

Softail also has a new clear-lens, reflector optics headlight for improved lighting performance. A small Bar & Shield cloisonné (sounds French to me) on the headlight lens adds an interesting detail to the new headlight.

Nostalgic styling cues from several eras mesh perfectly on the beautiful new FLSTNI Softail Deluxe. Start with a tapered chrome luggage rack and a low seat with checked side panels and a chrome grab rail. Then add wide whitewall tyres that wrap around new "Smoothie" Laced chrome wheels front and rear. The FL-style front fender has a sliver of polished trim, and both the tank and fender feature distinctive new emblems.

The Softail Deluxe has an exclusive new sculpted headlight nacelle and clean front and rear lightbars with bullet turn signals. A new tombstone taillight is perched on the rear fender. New narrow, tapered foot boards are trimmed with chrome. Shotgun chrome exhaust pipes and a chrome oil tank match the black engine with chrome covers and complete a look that’s bound to become an instant classic. Lowered suspension, pull-back riser and handlebars, and a seat height of just 622mm make the Softail Deluxe comfortable and easy to handle. With the lowered suspension, lean angle are... well lets just say, its not a sports bike.

Rigid-mount Twin Cam 88B balanced engine, with ESPFI Black powder-coated engine with chrome covers, Low 622mm seat height, Profile laced wheels, Chrome luggage rack and seat rail



Engine: 45º Aircooled Twin Cam 88B™ (balanced)

Valves: Pushrod-operated overhead valves; w/ hydraulic self-adjusting lifters; two valves per cylinder

Bore x Stroke: 95.3 x 101.6 mm

Displacement: 1449 cc

Compression Ratio: 8.8:1

Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)

Primary Drive: Double row chain, oil bath, mechanical tensioner, 36/25 ratio

Final Drive: Gates carbon fiber reinforced polychain belt, 32/70 ratio

Clutch: 9-Plate, wet

Transmission: Five-speed

Overall Ratio:

1st 10.11

2nd 6.96

3rd 4.95

4th 3.87

5th 3.15

Length: 2400 mm

Seat Height: (measured laden with 106kg rider) 620 mm

Ground Clearance: 121.9 mm

Rake: 32 degrees

Trail: 147.3 mm

Wheelbase: 1630 mm

Tyres: Dunlop Harley-Davidson Series

Front: - D402F MT90B16 72H

Rear: - D401 MU85 –B16 77H

Fuel Capacity: 18.9 L

Oil Capacity: 3.3 L

Dry Weight: 322 kg

Frame: Mild steel, rectangular section backbone with twin down-tubes

Swing Arm: Triangular "hard tail" style

Front Fork: 41.3 mm, Telescopic with "beer can" covers

Wheels: 16 in. Profile laced front, 16 in. Profile laced rear

Brakes: Caliper Type Four-piston front and rear Rotor Type (diameter x width): Patented, Uniform Expansion Rotors

Front: 292.1 mm x 5.08 mm. Rear: 292.1 mm x 5.84 mm

Suspension travel: Front wheel 130 mm. Rear wheel 109 mm

Engine Torque: 102 Nm @ 3500 rpm

Lean Angle: 28 degrees

Battery: Sealed, maintenance-free, 12-volt, 19 amp-hour. Charging 38-amp permanent magnet alternator with solid-state regulator (439 watts @ 2000 rpm; 489 watts peak)

Headlamp: Quartz halogen, 55-watt low beam, 60-watt high beam

Turn signal lights: (self-canceling) 21w

Passing/fog lamps: Standard

Indicator lamps: High beam, neutral, oil, turn signals and security system

Warranty: 24 months (unlimited mileage)

Service Interval First 1,600 Km, every 8,000 Km thereafter.

Exhaust System: Over/under shotgun with shorty duals

Oil tank: Chrome "Horseshoe" with chrome external oil lines

Ignition Barrel key, tank console-mounted

Foot Supports: Full-length floorboards with heel-toe shifter lever

Fork Lock: Barrel key, key common with ignition

Instruments: Electronic speedometer w/ odometer and resettable tripmeter; fuel gauge, Flasher Hazard warning integrated into turn signal controls


White-wall tyres, powerful V-Twin engine, floorboards, comfortable seat,

wide handlebars and soft suspension, the Deluxe is a grand tourer.

Check that classic Tombstone tail-light.


Test bike courtesy of Harley-Davidson Johannesburg. Tel: 011 884 0454